Everyone knows that cutting carbs is an easy way to shed the pounds, but experts say that you’ll only see the results you want if you ditch the right carbs–a.k.a refined carbs.
Keep scrolling to find the healthy, anti-inflammatory carbs that nutritionists swear by to boost the metabolism and promote weight loss over 40:
1. Whole Grains
Navigating through healthy carbs is easy. All you need to do is make sure you're choosing healthy whole grains instead of processed white bread and carbs. Always choose whole-grain varieties labeled “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat," then check the ingredient list to verify that enriched, refined flour is not the first ingredient.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Swap out unhealthy starches this year and replace them with metabolism-boosting options like sweet potatoes. Our bodies digest sweet potatoes slowly, which helps keep our blood sugar stable and metabolism steady for calorie burning. They're also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese!
Quinoa makes for a healthy carb substitute, especially when you're craving things like pasta that are made with unhealthy, refined carbs. It reduces belly fat and takes inches off the waist because it’s absorbed into the bloodstream at a slower pace. Plus, the healthy grain is also fiber, packed with antioxidants, and is full of nutrients like iron, zinc, and magnesium, and is a low-calorie protein.
4. Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Breakfast is when most people pack on the unhealthy carbs without realizing it. This new year, start your mornings off on the right foot with a bowl of steel-cut oats! They're loaded with protein and fiber, which gives your metabolism the boost it needs to burn calories into energy instead of storing them as fat. Plus, a protein-rich breakfast like this will help keep you full and focused throughout the day, eliminating any spikes and drops in blood sugar and unhealthy snacking.